Collection Guides

Finding Aids
The Virginia Room has finding aids for manuscript, maps, manuscript and microfilm collections. Please contact us via email or 540-853-2073 to inquire about our finding aids. The Virginia Room is also in the process of placing finding aids online through the Virginia Heritage Database, a statewide searchable database for special collection finding aids. Search the Roanoke Public Libraries' collections or all participating repositories using the search box below.

Vertical Files & Surname Files
The Virginia Room Special Collections contains thousands of maps, photographs, manuscript collections, vertical files and surname files, with many of these resources being unique items. Virginia Room finding aids for manuscript, maps, and photograph collections will be available online through the Virginia Heritage Database, a statewide database for special collections.
Vertical files contain newspaper clippings, pamphlets, reprints and other miscellaneous materials relating to places, organizations and topical subjects relating to the Roanoke Valley and Virginia. To a lesser degree, vertical files may contain materials that are not from or about the Roanoke Valley or Virginia.
Roanoker Magazine Index
The Roanoker Magazine Index (PDF) provides an index to articles in the Roanoker Magazine, from 1974 through 2013. Articles are arranged under general subject headings in alphabetical order. The index may be searched by typing 'Control+F'.